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Karaoke helps Challengers unwind

Karaoke helps Challengers unwind

By Vikram Afzulpurkar

Sunday, 1st May, had a relaxed feeling to it. After their hard work, the players would take it easy on labour day. They’d done well but knew the job was not finished. Anyway, one legendary cricketer had said about two decades ago that “one must know how to relax” to the effect that relaxation has to be grabbed when possible.

By Vikram Afzulpurkar

Sunday, 1st May, had a relaxed feeling to it. After their hard work, the players would take it easy on labour day. They’d done well but knew the job was not finished. Anyway, one legendary cricketer had said about two decades ago that “one must know how to relax” to the effect that relaxation has to be grabbed when possible.

Lively chatter around cricket echoed but a day or two of keeping it light seemed to be the theme. After all, there would be two practice matches (instead of nets) on Tuesday the 3rd and Wednesday the 4th night and day respectively as it stood at the moment. Of course, these would feature all Team RC players, divided into two teams.

Some of the players – Zak, Virat, Dilshan had headed out on Saturday for a three-day visit to their respective hometowns. The team has a six-day break after their victory encore against a hapless Pune Warriors outfit. All teams get a similar break this time to break the monotony of a long tournament. What with the two added teams this year, it becomes easier for the organizers to plan such breaks.

One more important use of the break is that players if injured or with ‘niggles’ can bounce back double fast because there is scope for a complete rest on at least two whole days; even training does not interfere with the complete recuperation that players can get.

Sunday night was a visit to a Karaoke restaurant in the Palace Orchards area of Bengaluru. The players had a good time unwinding to music that was familiar to their ears. As it was an optional evening out, some preferred to visit friends in the city. However, at the Karaoke restaurant were Ray and his wife Allison, their son, Johan van der Wath, Dan Vettori, Assistant Coach Jono and prodigal musician AB de Villiers.

Siddharth Mallya too arrived with friends and Venkat Vardhan of DNA Networks, a partner organization of UB Sports and Royal Challengers Bangalore during the IPL, was also present along with his wife. Manager Avinash Vaidya arrived dressed to the occasion in a Hawaiin-styled shirt, inviting cheers from everybody.

Sure enough AB de Villiers took the stage much to the delight of those dancing. A relaxed day ended with a lively evening. A game of golf is planned on Monday morning and the players have left for a golf course some distance away from the centre of the city. Their teeing off certainly promises six-hitting practice which the fans will see at the stadium during the next game on 6th April.

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rockstars
spd on 13 May 2011, 10:42 PM
karaoke
kkrcb on 08 May 2011, 12:50 AM
gayle s the real hero
spd on 07 May 2011, 08:43 PM
xcited fr da green match...
dibs on 07 May 2011, 05:04 PM
Karaoke, a japanese music which is really famous nowadays seems to ba the lucky charm for RCB. Hope it continues to be. :)
Chinnua on 06 May 2011, 03:35 AM
We will repeat the same result as we did last year against the King 11
Pradeep-N1 on 06 May 2011, 12:31 AM
rcb... we r waitin fr ya nxt match
Austin-Lobo on 05 May 2011, 08:29 AM
2days to go
Austin-Lobo on 05 May 2011, 08:26 AM
super ,awesome ab
lucky4rcb on 05 May 2011, 05:44 AM
they need it
VBV on 04 May 2011, 11:52 PM
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